Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.22%

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Australia shares higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.22%
Credit: © Reuters. – Australia equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Real Estate Investment , Telecoms Services and IT sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 added 0.22%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Ausdrill Ltd (ASX: ASL ), which rose 10.48% or 0.165 points to trade at 1.740 at the close. Viva Energy Group Ltd (ASX: VEA ) added 4.43% or 0.09 points to end at 2.12 and Domino'S Pizza Enterprises Ltd (ASX: DMP ) was up 3.90% or 1.470 points to 39.130 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Metcash Ltd (ASX: MTS ), which lost 9.84% or 0.310 points to trade at 2.840 in late trade. NRW Holdings Ltd (ASX: NWH ) declined 6.61% or 0.160 points to end at 2.260 and Domain Holdings Australia Ltd (ASX: DHG ) shed 5.76% or 0.190 points to 3.110.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 727 to 542 and 412 ended unchanged on the Sydney Stock Exchange.

The S&P/ASX 200 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was up 4.76% to 13.389.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.55% or 7.65 to $1407.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.96% or 0.55 to hit $57.98 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.42% or 0.27 to trade at $64.72 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.39% to 0.6950, while AUD/JPY rose 0.41% to 74.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.15% at 95.578.

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